NIHR launches new Clinical Trials Toolkit for researchers
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) announces the launch of the new Clinical Trials (CT) Toolkit website. This innovative website is designed to help researchers navigate through the complex landscape of setting up and managing clinical trials in line with regulatory requirements.
Based on the design of a tube map, the CT Toolkit uses an interactive colour-coded routemap to differentiate between legal and good practice requirements. This provides essential information at the ‘stations’ along the route and gives the users an idea of the critical path for trial set-up and delivery.
Although primarily aimed at those involved in publicly funded Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs), the CT Toolkit will also benefit researchers and R&D staff working on trials in other areas, who will find useful information and guidance of relevance to the wider trials environment.
Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health said: “Clinical trials are essential for testing treatments and ensuring we have the best possible evidence so that NHS patients receive high quality care. It remains as important as ever to ensure trials are well designed and feasible: the CT Toolkit will help researchers to ensure that trial set-up and management processes are as efficient as possible.”
The site signposts users to resources such as: the National Research Ethics Service (NRES), Health Research Authority (HRA) and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) websites.
Visit the Clinical Trials Toolkit at: www.ct-toolkit.ac.uk.